Franklin Theatre

    Our Story


    Our enduring romance with the Franklin Theatre began in the summer of 1937 when the marquee first illuminated Main Street, invited Middle Tennesseans to buy a ticket – and laugh, cry and dream. Inside the theater walls, moviegoers enjoyed fresh popcorn, afternoon matinees and first kisses. They walked away with a lifetime of memories.

    Over the next 70 years, the world changed a lot – but the Franklin Theatre stood as a testament to a simpler way of life. But time eventually took its toll on the venerable movie house, and the doors closed in 2007 under the pressing of rising rents and the trend toward mega-theaters.

    Enter the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County. Rather than lose the heart of Main Street, the nonprofit preservation group stepped in to buy and rehabilitate the historic landmark. After three years of work – and an investment of more than $8 million – the historic Franklin Theatre re-emerged better than ever.

    The new Franklin Theatre continues the cherished tradition of showing movies, but also adds a new dimension to Main Street – live music. With a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system, and undeniable charm, the Franklin Theatre is destined to be an entertainment and cultural icon for years to come.

    Venue Details
    Working Hours
    • Weekdays
      12:00 - 5:00
    • Saturday
      09:00 - 23:59
    • Sunday
      09:00 - 23:59
    Venue Details
    Working Hours
    • Weekdays
      12:00 - 5:00
    • Saturday
      09:00 - 23:59
    • Sunday
      09:00 - 23:59
    Venue Map
    Events of the Venue
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    April 20, 2024
    4:00 pm
    On February 11th, 2023, comedian Henry Cho was inducted as the 229th member of The Grand Ole Opry. This prestigious honor has not been extended to a comedian since 1973. Make plans to see Henry Cho on Main Street as...
    April 21, 2024
    7:00 pm
    James, an NYC cop, is hired by Agent K of a secret government agency that monitors extraterrestrial life on Earth. Together, they must recover an item that has been stolen by an intergalactic villain. *Please be aware the Franklin Theatre...
    April 22, 2024
    7:00 pm
    An adaptation of the 1957 musical, West Side Story explores the forbidden love and the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. *Please be aware the Franklin Theatre does not show previews....
    April 24, 2024
    7:00 pm
    Elle Woods, a fashionable sorority queen, is dumped by her boyfriend. She decides to follow him to law school. While she is there, she figures out that there is more to her than just looks. *Please be aware the Franklin...
    April 25, 2024
    8:00 pm
    Based on the Warner Bros. film & novel by Nicholas SparksAdapted for the stage by Jordan Ross SchindlerMusic Direction, Orchestrations, and Arrangements by Elmo ZappDirected by Anna Bovi   Only Hope: A Musical Tribute to A Walk to Remember makes its Nashville debut at the Franklin Theatre for...
    May 1, 2024
    7:00 pm
    Come celebrate Wes Anderson’s Birthday here at The Franklin Theatre! A writer encounters the owner of an aging high-class hotel, who tells him of his early years serving as a lobby boy in the hotel’s glorious years under an exceptional...
    May 3, 2024
    8:00 pm
    When T Bone Burnett was making his new record The Other Side, he was thinking a lot about “you.”“I was reading a news story that some shocking percentage of number one hit songs had the word you in the title,”...
    May 4, 2024
    1:00 pm
    Celebrate May the 4th at The Franklin Theatre! Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire’s world-destroying battle station, while also attempting to rescue Princess...
    May 4, 2024
    4:30 pm
    Celebrate May the 4th at The Franklin Theatre! After the Rebels are overpowered by the Empire, Luke Skywalker begins his Jedi training with Yoda, while his friends are pursued across the galaxy by Darth Vader and bounty hunter Boba Fett....
    May 4, 2024
    8:00 pm
    Celebrate May the 4th at The Franklin Theatre! After rescuing Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt, the Rebels attempt to destroy the second Death Star, while Luke struggles to help Darth Vader back from the dark side. *Please be aware...
    May 9, 2024
    7:30 pm
    “CHAMPIAN IS THE MOST GIFTED PURE JAZZ SINGER OF HER GENERATION” MARK STRYKER, DETROIT FREE PRESS “A CHARMING YOUNG STEWARD OF THE MAINSTREAM JAZZ TRADITION.” NATE CHINEN, THE NEW YORK TIMES “… A BALM FOR THE SOUL. CHAMPIAN SOUNDS, ALWAYS, LIKE...
    May 10, 2024
    5:00 pm
    Finding Nemo Kids Rated: GLength: One Act – 35 min Disney’s Finding Nemo KIDS is a 30-minute musical adaptation of the beloved 2003 Pixar movie Finding Nemo, with new music by award-winning songwriting team Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Marlin,...
    May 11, 2024
    4:00 pm
    The Spongebob Musical: Youth Edition Rated: G Length: One-Act- 60min When the citizens of Bikini Bottom discover that a volcano will soon erupt and destroy their humble home, SpongeBob and his friends must come together to save the fate of...
    May 12, 2024
    7:00 pm
    Wizard of Oz (Non-Musical) Rated G | Play  Length: One Act-75 mins Join us as we follow the Yellow Brick Road and take the most magical adventure imaginable with Dorothy, Toto, Scarecrow, The Cowardly Lion, The Tin Man, and of...
    May 18, 2024
    11:00 am
    A waitress, desperate to fulfill her dreams as a restaurant owner, is set on a journey to turn a frog prince back into a human being, but she has to face the same problem after she kisses him.   *Please...
    May 18, 2024
    8:00 pm
    Forever Abbey Road is a collective of successful Nashville musicians who work hard at creating a unique show that demonstrates what the Beatles might sound like if they were around today with current technology and modern rock energy. The band members have...
    May 19, 2024
    3:00 pm
    Three friends struggle to find work in Paris. Things become more complicated when two of them fall in love with the same woman. *Please be aware the Franklin Theatre does not show previews. Movies will begin at the posted time. ...
    May 19, 2024
    7:00 pm
    Teen Miles Morales becomes the Spider-Man of his universe and must join with five spider-powered individuals from other dimensions to stop a threat for all realities. *Please be aware the Franklin Theatre does not show previews. Movies will begin at...
    May 20, 2024
    7:30 pm
    Variety on Main at the Franklin Theatre is a captivating blend of entertainment that transcends generations. This variety show seamlessly weaves together performances from seasoned artists and up-and-coming talents from across genres. It’s a celebration of talent, tradition, and the...
    May 21, 2024
    7:30 pm
    The Franklin Theatre Songwriters Series returns with Anthony Smith, Richie McDonald, and Jerrod Niemann on May 21! This group of legends boasts various award wins & nominations, iconic writing credits, and accolades across the music industry!   About Anthony Smith...
    May 22, 2024
    8:00 pm
    Platinum hit-makers ORLEANS are praised and respected by their peers for their songwriting skills, instrumental prowess, and classic trademark harmonies. Their iconic radio hits, including “Still The One,” “Dance With Me,” and “Love Takes Time,” still resonate with audiences of...
    May 23, 2024
    8:00 pm
    “The Kings of Queen” has been selling out venues nationwide and is considered one of the country’s most Top Rated Queen tribute bands. This fierce foursome is fronted by Emo Alaeddin, known for the looks and voice of Freddy Mercury,...
    May 24, 2024
    8:00 pm
    Mitch Rossell’s career is booming. His prolific songwriting and unique artistry have not only won over hundreds of thousands of monthly listeners across streaming services but also caught the attention of Country music legend, Garth Brooks. Rossell joined Garth Brooks...
    May 31, 2024
    6:00 pm
    Lead Singers of Classic Rock: Jason Scheff: longtime lead singer of Chicago & Tommy DeCarlo: a former lead singer of Boston, featuring Sixwire! Jason Scheff and Tommy DeCarlo team up for a night of unforgettable classic rock music spanning the...
    June 1, 2024
    12:00 pm
    Into the Woods Rated PG13| 2 Act Musical Length: 2hours 15mins (One 15 minute intermission) The Brothers Grimm hit the stage with an epic fairytale about wishes, family and the choices we make. James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone’s...
    June 5, 2024
    2:00 pm
    Get Me to the Stage On Time is a behind the scenes look at a band that has traveled millions of miles, made 24 albums, and played 6000 shows, thanks to legions of fans they could count on, even if Nashville...
    June 7, 2024
    8:00 pm
    Global entertainer Charles Esten delivers his signature “loose, rough-cut country,” according to Billboard, to much acclaim with independent debut album, Love Ain’t Pretty. With Grammy.com hailing, “the album is the purest representation of his artistry possible,” Forbes further praises his...
    June 8, 2024
    8:00 pm
    The evening of stand-up and storytelling that will move the audience to laugh and cry before the evening is over.   In this unforgettable performance, Dreesen will take you from his childhood of shining shoes in bars in his hometown...
    June 13, 2024
    8:00 pm
    Baxter joined his first band at age 11. In junior high school in Mexico City, Jeff formed a surf band that hit the top 10 on radio in Mexico. While still a high school student, he worked at Jimmy’s Music...
    June 22, 2024
    8:00 pm
    Gary Puckett and The Union Gap had six consecutive gold records and sold more records in 1968 than any other recording act …including The Beatles. Mr. Puckett played a command performance at the White House for Prince Charles and Princess...
    July 6, 2024
    8:00 pm
    Nashville-based music biz veterans, Lisa Brokop and Paul Jefferson, are coming full circle to pay homage to their heroes, Miss Patsy Cline and the Legendary Hank Williams Sr. Through stories, songs and multimedia images, the audience will be transported to the time when Patsy and...
    July 11, 2024
    8:00 pm
    A non-profit organization, serving middle Tennessee with 50 years of music performance, The Establishment Big Band generates scholarships for musically talented students to receive individualized instruction at Blair School of Music and at the W.O. Smith Nashville Community Music School....
    July 14, 2024
    3:00 pm
    Peter Blair Denis Bernard Noone is a multi-talented entertainer, who has been delighting audiences nearly all his life. He was born in Manchester, England, where he studied voice and acting at St. Bede’s College and the Manchester School of Music...
    July 20, 2024
    8:00 pm
    Cledus T. Judd burst on the scene in the late ‘90s with a series of perfectly crafted parodies of the biggest names in country music.   He’s toured with the biggest acts from Brooks and Dunn to Rascal Flatts, to...
    July 26, 2024
    8:00 pm
    Featuring songs from his performance in Hadestown, Million Dollar Quartet, Violet and more, Tony Award-Winning actor and Americana singer-songwriter Levi Kreis infuses Broadway classics with country, jazz, rockabilly and gospel for a musical perspective that is completely original and absolutely...
    July 27, 2024
    8:00 pm
    The Heartshakers are Nashville’s premier Tom Petty Tribute. The show is performed by some of the industry’s first call musicians in the music business today! These musicians have performed with Carrie Underwood, LeAnn Rimes, Amy Grant, Peter Cetera, Little Big Town, SheDaisy and Ronnie Milsap.

    They have brought their love of Tom Petty’s music and put together the best tribute band that could be assembled! The Heartshakers deliver an experience you won’t forget! Take a walk back in time reliving American Rock-and-Roll at it’s finest.
    July 28, 2024
    8:00 pm
    The Heartshakers are Nashville’s premier Tom Petty Tribute. The show is performed by some of the industry’s first call musicians in the music business today! These musicians have performed with Carrie Underwood, LeAnn Rimes, Amy Grant, Peter Cetera, Little Big...
    August 2, 2024
    8:00 pm
    During his star-making decade, John placed 20 singles on the county charts, 6 of which went Top 5, with Your Love Amazes Me, scoring a #1 on the Billboard and Radio & Records Country Chart as well as Standing on...
    September 28, 2024
    8:00 pm
    Molly Hatchet firmly cemented their place in music history in the late seventies. A perfect mixture of English invasion rock, blues, country, and gospel remains the unique sound of Molly Hatchet.   The band’s current lineup consists of long-time members Bobby Ingram on...